Los Angeles. The boycott of the 8 Employers Council Hotels in Los Angeles continues to gain momentum. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that they are pulling out all business from the Wilshire Grand Hotel. The LAUSD brings in more than $1 million worth of business annually to the Wilshire Grand. The California Teachers Association and the United Teachers of Los Angeles and community leaders helped to influence the LAUSD to honor the boycott and move their business out of the Wilshire Grand. Also, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel has now moved their luncheon from the Westin Century Plaza to the Beverly Hilton. Click here for a list of boycotted hotels.
February 27, the night of the Oscar Awards, Local 11 held an action at two boycotted hotels in Beverly Hills with picket lines at the Westin Century Plaza and the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Many entertainment industry professionals were forced to drive by loud picket lines in their limousines on their way to the Oscar Awards in Hollywood. The next action is scheduled for March 10, 2005. Please contact Maya Anderson for more information 213.486.9880 xt.137.
San Francisco. Local 2 members and supporters continue to crank up the heat on the Multi Employer Group with more boycott activities and picket lines. On Monday, hundreds of people joined a four-hour picket line outside the Sheraton Palace Hotel. Hotel guests were handed leaflets informing them of the ongoing contract fight and were asked to patronize other hotels that are not involved in a labor dispute with the union, while picketers chanted "Don’t check in, check out now!" More picket lines are planned for Wednesday at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and Monday at the Hilton.
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